The ceremony will formally dedicate the names of 701 law enforcement officers—including 434 who died in 2019 and 2020, and 267 prior-year fatalities—to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., where their names will be added. NPF President Jim Burch will be among those reading aloud the names of the fallen officers.
“As a member of the Memorial’s Board of Directors, the National Police Foundation has the distinct honor of participating in the Candlelight Vigil and reading the names of officers from the State of Texas who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said NPF President Jim Burch. “We honor and we remember them all and we recommit ourselves to doing all we can to keep officers safe and to promote their wellbeing.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person events usually held during National Police Week in May were postponed to Police Weekend 2021 (Oct. 13-17, 2021), an event that continues this week to offer the same honor, remembrance, and peer support as the extended National Police Week, while allowing law enforcement, survivors, and citizens to honor the fallen.
In the law enforcement community, 62 percent of deaths in 2020 were a result of COVID-19. Those individuals are now part of the 22,611 fallen law enforcement officers—from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal, corrections, railroad, and military police agencies—who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history.
Surviving family members, friends, law enforcement colleagues, and supporters are all encouraged to attend the ceremony in-person at 6:00 p.m. ET on the National Mall or virtually via Facebook or youtube.com/thenleomf.
Note: The National Park Service requires wearing of masks if not 6 feet apart.
To find the names of officers added to the Memorial, visit: https://nleomf.org/memorial/facts-figures/roll-call-of-heroes-2021.
To learn more about Police Weekend 2021 events, please visit: https://nleomf.org/memorial/programs/police-weekend-2021/